Summerset at Frick Park: An Award-Winning Community

In case you haven’t heard…

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Summerset at Frick Park has been in the news lately. We’ve been honored with two prestigious awards that we’re very proud to share with you. Our wonderful landscape architects at LaQuatra Bonci Associates received the 2015 Merit Award in Design by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects are the ones who plan, analyze, design and nurture the natural and built environments, and the ASLA Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe.

The second award bestowed on our community was the Act 2 Award for “Place to Live” by the PA Brownfields Conference, a collaboration of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Summerset at Frick Park was one of the country’s first brownfield sites to be remediated and it’s a privilege to be recognized by such a prestigious organization. Successful redevelopment is beneficial to the city and to the community. Being recognized as a great place to live is exactly what our project manager Craig Dunham and everyone at Summerset at Frick Park has been striving for since we first broke ground.

The community is booming and we can’t wait for you to see what lies ahead.

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Above is an aerial from 2014 showing phase one (complete) and phase two (nearly complete). With an ongoing waiting list to purchase home sites, the development is continuing with the third and final phase breaking ground early 2016



Summerset at Frick Park Porch Party Brought Neighborhood Together


Summerset at Frick Park Porch Party

On May 17, the Summerset at Frick Park community came together for a neighborhood-wide Porch Party to celebrate the season and the sense of community the porches in our neighborhood create. It was a beautiful, humid Sunday afternoon that saw nearly 300 residents and guests come together to eat delicious food, have some cold treats, and check out 18 porches on Overton Lane decorated with different themes by local businesses, nonprofits and residents. Some porches were classic, some were funky, and others were designed to support worthy causes. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this event special. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did. Enjoy this summer and your porches!

If you couldn’t attend, here’s a little of what you missed:

-Our friends at Allegheny CleanWays themed a porch based on their new initiative “Keep Pittsburgh Rivers Beautiful.” Their nautical themed porch also served as a reminder of the importance of clean water and keeping our three rivers clean and free of garbage and debris.

-The folks from the Prop Shop, Pittsburgh’s top party rental company, used their vast arsenal of thematic props to create a jungle themed porch complete with a giant gorilla, giraffe, elephant and palm trees.

Wigle Whiskey came over from the Strip District to decorate a porch and provide us with delicious “mocktails” made of coconut water, pomegranate juice and a choice of four of their delicious bitters.

-As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, “the Porch Party provided one group with the opportunity for a timely fundraiser.” The Rukmini Foundation used a porch to raise much needed funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. They lined a porch with prayer flags and sold beautiful photography from the region, orchids and shirts.

P&W BMW themed a porch around electric vehicles and even put a few of their cars on display for test drives.

-Julie Farber and her students from Pittsburgh Allderdice used a porch to set up shop for Jewelry Love, a wonderful project where they design and create jewelry for women who survived or are battling cancer.

Check out some photos from the Porch Party below:


The Prop Shop Porch

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